Definition of adjust in English:



  • 1[with object] Alter or move (something) slightly in order to achieve the desired fit, appearance, or result.

    ‘he smoothed his hair and adjusted his tie’
    ‘a single control adjusts the water flow’
    • ‘However, when the number of doses dispensed in the different units was adjusted for, the differences were not significant.’
    • ‘This trend continued when the data were adjusted for inflammatory markers.’
    • ‘The multivariate analyses were adjusted for age, smoking, and family history of allergy.’
    • ‘The standard errors of the model estimates were adjusted for the clustering of patients within hospitals.’
    • ‘All analyses were adjusted for clustering of offspring within families.’
    • ‘The data were adjusted for these variables separately in males and females.’
    • ‘All linear measurements were adjusted for their respective level of magnification.’
    • ‘If the diesel engine is adjusted for low particulate emissions, more nitrogen oxide is produced.’
    • ‘However, the report is already adjusted for such seasonal factors.’
    • ‘All analyses were adjusted for age, sex, and education.’
    • ‘Soil temperatures are favorable for corn and most of the planters are adjusted for the dry conditions.’
    • ‘Analyses were adjusted for age and sex, and there was no effect modification.’
    • ‘These results were adjusted for age, sex, and deprivation.’
    • ‘The seat height was adjusted for each individual before each test using a standardized method.’
    • ‘The estimates were adjusted for 16 major confounding factors.’
    • ‘Also note that the data in these tables are not adjusted for group sizes, and smaller groups are at a distinct disadvantage.’
    • ‘Tests were not adjusted for any reason.’
    • ‘Furthermore, all analyses were statistically adjusted for intervention and control status.’
    • ‘In addition, the analysis was adjusted for the number of annual hospitalisations.’
    • ‘Partial pressure in oxygen was adjusted for altitude and reported as if it were obtained at sea level.’
    modify, alter, regulate, tune, fine-tune, calibrate, balance
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    1. 1.1[no object]Permit small alterations or movements so as to achieve a desired fit, appearance, or result.
      ‘a harness that adjusts to the correct fit’
      • ‘A 3/8 reversible drill adjusts to hold a range of bits (the spiral shafts that actually drill the holes).’
      • ‘But the computer - programmed prosthesis automatically adjusts to his weight and gait.’
      • ‘The screen also has both a variable brightness control as well as an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts to the environment.’
      • ‘It automatically adjusts to daylight savings time.’
      • ‘This lounge chair automatically adjusts to your body, eliminating the strap marks caused by poorer quality models, and comes with a pillow and wooden armrests.’
      • ‘As you can easily see, the preferences information adjusts to reflect the addition of the equipment for the second computer.’
      • ‘It's a flexible, adaptive, dynamic system that never stops - it continually adjusts to the threat.’
      • ‘Ulma Form Works, Hawthorne, N.J., devised a self-rising forming system that adjusts to a changing geometry as the core rises.’
      • ‘Also being considered are better light transmission and, ultimately, tunable laser protection that adjusts to the hazard.’
      • ‘Analysts have not ruled out the company making a major strategic shift as it adjusts to changing market conditions.’
      • ‘The Auto Grab system constantly monitors tong pressure and adjusts to securely hold grapple loads while skidding, thus reducing operator work load.’
      • ‘Length is adjusted by loosening the knurled locking collar only a halt turn, after which the post adjusts to the desired height and is secured by another half turn of the locking collar.’
      • ‘The handset is dominated by a 176 mm X 320 mm colour display screen that adjusts to the users' hand movements to allow for tilting, scrolling and zooming.’
      • ‘It continually adjusts to the owner's driving preferences, tuning itself to provide more power on demand for better fuel economy.’
      • ‘By giving more weight to more recent data, such smoothing adjusts to abrupt shifts in the underlying level of a data series, such as a sudden jump up to a new, higher level.’
      • ‘The system adjusts to enhance stability, even for very small deviations from the desired motion, which the driver may not even notice, the company says.’
      • ‘The Adjustable Kicker is a reusable steel brace that can be attached to wood or metal forms, adjusts to various angles, and can be used on ground, concrete, asphalt, and wood surfaces.’
      • ‘Rolling uses an appropriate size die that adjusts to the steel tube, angle, pipe, channel, bar or steel beam and revolves at the same peripheral speed, turning in opposite directions.’
      • ‘Although Lufthansa is a global operating carrier, their business is local and thus the airline adjusts to local needs and habits.’
      • ‘A Country Parish examines life in west Wiltshire as it follows vicar Jamie Allen and his family as he moves into the parish of Seend and adjusts to country life.’
    2. 1.2[no object]Adapt or become used to a new situation.
      ‘she must be allowed to grieve and to adjust in her own way’
      ‘his eyes had adjusted to semi-darkness’
      • ‘Being a flexible sort, I quickly adjusted to the new policy.’
      • ‘She said that the program is best suited to upper-level students who have already adjusted to life on campus and in the community.’
      • ‘I'm still getting adjusted to life in Waterloo, and it's been tough.’
      • ‘And Minnesotans seem adjusted to the taxes, calling their state high tax, high service.’
      • ‘I am proud of the way we have adjusted to the bear market.’
      • ‘He has not adjusted to being recognised in the shops.’
      • ‘There are some journalists who have not adjusted to pop journalism.’
      • ‘The demonstration had to be delayed and adjusted to cope with the vast crowds, and there were fewer than half the number of cars you'd actually see at the start of a real race.’
      • ‘By the time we got to the car I had already adjusted to my new situation.’
      • ‘I am frankly filled with admiration at the way in which Australians have reacted and adjusted to this new situation.’
      • ‘If there's been one negative aspect of Mike's time here, it would be the food, something he still hasn't adjusted to.’
      • ‘Lambert, then, adjusted to the sideshow, but the main event was new to him, more physical and demanding on the field than he had expected.’
      • ‘But getting adjusted to some of the old traditions has also been painful.’
      • ‘A couple of days later I felt perfectly normal, possibly two kilos lighter and finally adjusted to the heat.’
      • ‘When I returned, I neglected to remove them, having adjusted to damp sandals.’
      • ‘He has been in the post for two years and 10 months, and despite a lack of fluency in Chinese, he has adjusted to life here.’
      • ‘I soon adjusted to being home with my Dad for half a day alone and before I knew it, Debbie was home from school with stories of what they did in school.’
      • ‘However, his recent run suggests he has adjusted to the new role just behind a lone striker which Ferguson earmarked for him last year.’
      • ‘She was immediately sent to New York, taking her vows in Tarrytown, and quickly adjusted to religious life.’
      • ‘Almost a year after the re-organisation of Otley primary schools provision, people have apparently adjusted to the change.’
      adapt, become accustomed, get used, accommodate, acclimatize, attune, orient oneself, reconcile oneself, habituate oneself, assimilate, conform
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  • 2[with object] Assess (loss or damages) when settling an insurance claim.

    ‘the insurance agent may have the responsibility of adjusting small losses’
    • ‘If serious wheat streak is suspected, growers must contact their insurance agent so fields can be adjusted.’
    • ‘The organisation also organized a special task force to review an additional 1,696 claims adjusted using expedited methods.’
    • ‘The company said it was moving away from loss adjusting into making more use of its field force and IT systems to cut costs and offer a better service to clients.’
    • ‘We are aware that loss adjusting and economic damage calculation is not an exact science at all but as a relative indicator it can work very well.’
    • ‘After adjusting claims for several insurance companies, I found one thing the same. Nearly everyone with a claim had very little idea of how to prepare and adjust their claim.’
    • ‘Specialized expertise acquired through professional training given on the job may also be used to adjust claims.’
    • ‘It ought not to have been and his claim should be adjusted accordingly.’


  • do not adjust your set

    • Used to tell someone that information is true, although it appears strange or incorrect.

      ‘yes, the candidate is from Montana. Do not adjust your set’
      • ‘This is not a fault: do not adjust your set.’
      • ‘This is about to lapse into various other tales but they are all somehow relevant, do not adjust your set.’


Early 17th century (in the senses ‘harmonize discrepancies’ and ‘assess loss or damages’): from obsolete French adjuster, from Old French ajoster to approximate, based on Latin ad- to + juxta near.